President Trump’s charitable foundation has been accused of persistently violating state and federal law as part of a new lawsuit seeking its dissolution.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued Trump, three of his children and the Donald J. Trump Foundation in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday, asking the court to shut down the foundation and order it to pay a $2.8 million fine.
Underwood’s lawsuit accuses the foundation of illegally coordinating with Trump’s presidential campaign, “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions” and failing to follow basic laws related to its finances over more than a decade.
“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”
Underwood’s office regulates charities in New York.
There was no immediate comment from the Trump foundation.
Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump are also named as defendants in the suit.